MuseScore and MIDI
Hello all, I'm new to MuseScore but have been a long-time casual user of music notation software. Whereas I believe most notation software users are interested in the exact representation of music for printing, my main objective is to have the ability to recreate music exactly as it is written on the score with MIDI. I have reproduced many scores over the years and found that the best MIDI results could be gotten using 'Encore', notation software that I see no mention of on your forum. I have just completed a Sousa march (The Liberty Bell) using Musescore 1.1 in sixteen instruments (I chose this march because it's not too complicated and I have done it with Finale and Encore), It's my pleasure to say that MuseScore shows a lot of promise but still falls short in some respects, especially articulation. I do see some references to some of the shortcomings in your "Issue Tracker" so I believe that others are as interested as I am in faithful MIDI output. So, reguardless of what other discussions there are about the visual correctness of the score for printing, here is my suggestion (wish list) for MIDI implementation:
If you could complete the MIDI association of all or most of the items in the palett for "Lines", "Arpeggio & Gliss" and "Tremolo" and implement the articulations in "Articulations & Ornaments" this would make a huge difference. I found it extraordinarily easy to enter articulations and was sorely dissapointed to find they had no affect on MIDI playback. This seems like a 'no brainer' if you're going to do MIDI output anyway but I just don't find these items listed on your hot-list-of-things-to-do-next so here they are.
The documentation is unclear about which particular function has an effect on MIDI playback. It would be immensly helpful to those of us that are primarily interested MIDI playback for there to be a clear indication with each function of its association with MIDI. The palettes could also show (perhaps by color) whether a particular feature will affect MIDI playback.
It's obvious to me that a lot of effort has been placed in the MIDI functionality already and I see some work in progress on some of these items already. I hope to see progress soon as I see mention of version 2.0 on the horizon.
Thanks for some really nice software.